Mumbai: It was supposed to be Dr Abdul Rasheed Pattath’s period of leave. But he ended up serving the people who were affected by Kerala floods. Pattath, who is head of Cardiac Anaesthesia and CT-ICU in Qatar hospital, said he deals with heart patients but treating people here was an enriching experience.
In relief camps in and around Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), there are around 6,000 people. “I am treating them for cold, fever and infections. But they all are psychological disturbed and I have been counselling them too. This is a different experience altogether.” There were few people with blood pressure and other cardiac problems. But, this professional with two decades of experience, did not just stick to serving cardiac patients alone.
This 49-year-old doctor claimed that since August 17, he has been serving the people in Kerala. “So many people had to be attended but today (August 21), there are less patients. I am not tired as I saw so much energy among the youth.” Recalling his college days, he said, “I wanted to help people as it reminded me of the work and service I delivered as a young resident doctor.” Before moving to Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar, he served in India and United Kingdom. “But I never served people affected in natural calamities. So, I never knew the energy that is witnessed in relief camps.” Praising the youth and everyone who served the community, he said, “I always thought low of today’s youth. I never knew they could serve people. It needs a lot to serve and the youth proved that they have what it takes to serve people in distress.” Pattath was assisted by the graduate, post-graduate and research fellows of CUSAT.
He continues Kerala Flood has left him with some beautiful memories rather than bitter ones. “One such memory is about a Pakistani doctor who trained with me. She contacted me and offered to send necessary medicines. It was a lovely gesture. This shows how people are ready to help people in distress.” But he don’t forget to mention the fake message that was propagated by a group of people in social media. “Some people in Kerala are rich but that does not mean all are rich. The area I was served had more poor people. For them, the relief camps were homes with quality food and better living standards as some relief camps were in community halls and auditoriums.”